Daniel Buckland


Daniel Buckland, son of the South African theatre legend Andrew Buckland, could have doomed himself to a life of comparison by choosing the same field as his father. But since graduating from Rhodes university with a first-class honours degree, he has shown that he has all the passion, talent and innovation to survive being measured against his famous parent. After graduating he spent a year working for ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company, for whom he co-devised Plunge in 2003. In 2004 he performed in the Mouthpeace Theatre Company's Fuse, a show devised by his father, which toured extensively, played a season at the Edinburgh Festival and was nominated for the stage award for best ensemble; the play won a Naledi award for best cutting-edge production and Buckland was nominated for the best newcomer award. In 2005 he performed in the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company's The Travellers, directed by Sylvaine Strike, which also won a Naledi Award for best cutting-edgeproduction and played at the Adelaide Fringe in Australia. His career has included a role in the 2008 South African fi lm Jerusalema and, together with his father, he spent a year in Las Vegas, where he played the lead in LOVE, a production by the renowned Cirque Du Soleil, which he considers to be one of the highlights of his career so far. He formed the Dark Laugh Theatre Company, for whom he produced and directed The Butcher Brothers this year and recently played Hally in Athol Fugard's Master Harold � and the Boys. Wherever his career takes him, Buckland has proved that following in your father's footsteps does not have to mean living in his shadow. � Lisa van Wyk

Lunch spot: Picobella, Melville, Johannesburg